We recently stayed at the Kicheche Mara camp for the start of our honeymoon and loved every minute of it. When we landed at the airstrip in Mara North, we were greeted by our guide Benjamin (who was with us for the duration of our stay) and taken on a mini game drive on our way to camp.
Upon arrival at the camp, we were met by Sammy and Colin, who manage the camp along with members of their team who made our stay so memorable. Sammy and Colin both run the camp as though it is their own and it is amazing how much you feel like "part of the family" from the moment you arrive there. Nothing was ever too much trouble and being greeted personally by name on every encounter with a member of the team made it feel so personal.
The tents were brilliant and calling them standard tents (as it was described in our itinerary from the travel agents) does not do it justice. They are spacious, clean with a really comfortable bed, a little sofa to sit and hanging for clothes. I stayed in a lodge on my last safari and the tents at Kicheche Mara were far more plush than the room at the lodge was! It had electricity (lights), decent bathroom facilities with amenities and a hot water bucket shower. I did not know what to expect from the bucket shower but was surprised just how long the water actually lasted and if you wanted more water for a longer shower, someone was always at hand.
The food was wonderful and plentiful. Having thought we would be good and eat lightly in Masai, the food was that good that we could not resist all on offer! Even the picnics we took for breakfast on our game drives (we chose to have breakfast on the drives as opposed to leaving later or coming back earlier for breakfast) was lovely with fruits, breads, yoghurts, omelettes etc was great.
Moving on to the game drives, our guide Benjamin was excellent in giving us plenty of time to observe and photograph the animals we saw. This being my second safari, I was desperate to see a leopard, being the only big cat I never got to see last time round. On this safari, we got to see them all... lions, leopards, cheetahs. We were fortunate to see the big 5 and to top it off, we got to see a crocodile kill a zebra in the Mara river. Whilst gruesome, it was fascinating to see. Benjamin explained a great deal about the animals and also the way of life of the Masai people which all added to the amazing experience.
Our following destinations were Dubai and Maldives and at both, we stayed at top end hotels from the Jumeirah Group and Taj Group. Whilst both of these hotels were amazing and we loved them both, I would have to say the service and experience at Kicheche blew those two away.
I would happily recommend Kicheche Mara to anyone wishing to get the most amazing Safari experience. I hope to be able to visit the camp again but this time for longer.
Thank you to Sammy, Colin, Benjamin and every member of staff at Kicheche Mara for making the start of our honeymoon the most amazing experience you could imagine.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Our bush hideaway welcomes you to a different world, centered at the heart of the African wilderness. Experiencing a traditional luxury camp is a must on safari and, with Kicheche, one that is intimate, secluded and in an area surrounded by prolific wildlife. Staying in a bush camp doesn't mean compromising on comfort, the food and service are first class, as are the warmth and experience of Kicheche's staff making your safari an unforgettable experience. ... more less
- Also Known As:
- Kicheche Mara Camp Hotel Maasai Mara National Reserve
- Kicheche Mara Camp Kenya/Masai Mara National Reserve